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Old 10-26-15, 11:35 AM
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Commuting and Vasectomy: How long should I stay off the bike?

So I finally did it to end the wife's nagging I had it done about 10 days ago and the swelling is gone, but still a little sore especially when bending down to put on shoes and socks.

So have any other commuters had this done and how long were you off the bike? Although I feel pretty much good to go, I'm thinking of holding off at least another week.

My round trip commute on the bike is about 14 miles and about 35 miles each way on a train. I'm currently driving down to the train station instead of riding and then taking a bus from the train to work. Not that big of a deal but I miss my ride and bike.

Just curious to see how long other people were off their bike for this
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Old 10-26-15, 11:39 AM
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I would have asked the doctor.
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Old 10-26-15, 11:50 AM
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He told me anytime I feel up to it. I guess I feel up to it but just wanted to see how long others waited? I wanted to be on the cautious side because I don't want to have to go back there again...everrrr.
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Old 10-26-15, 11:56 AM
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Not being one for staying on topic, I might have recommended an IUD for her instead, but too late now.
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Old 10-26-15, 11:57 AM
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I got hit by a car on my way to the vasectomy, so the doc doubled up the vicodin and I stayed off for a week.
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Old 10-26-15, 12:06 PM
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I didn't want any complications so I waited a good two weeks before I even attempted to ride. Didn't really have any issues when I got back on the bike but I avoided longer rides for a few months. My 6 mile (each way) commute was no problem though.

Was in my 40's when I had it done so my recovery was probably not as quick as others have experienced. Even though I could manage my commute just fine, I was definitely more sensitive on one side for awhile. Made it harder for me to sprint while running for example. Don't remember how long it took for that to go away. The procedure was done in late April and I was back to normal for sure by my Fall soccer league in August.

Before the procedure I was very concerned about how long I'd be away from my normal activities, but looking back it was just a blip.

Something that I was not prepared for and I feel the staff didn't adequately explain is how long it took after the procedure until we were cleared to go off birth control. I think it was 30 days after the procedure before the first test and another 30 days for the second. If they find any swimmers in either of those tests, you start over.

It was a year before I was cleared. I had begun to think the surgery was botched.

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Old 10-26-15, 12:09 PM
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I'm procrastinating on dealing with that right now as well. Got a recommended doctor's info, tried to contact to set up an appt but his office won't return emails and I don't want to call them from my cube during work (I don't need everybody around me thinking about my balls), and it's too much of a hassle to dig out my burner phone, turn it on, go outside, etc.
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Old 10-26-15, 12:32 PM
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I'm procrastinating on dealing with that right now as well. Got a recommended doctor's info, tried to contact to set up an appt but his office won't return emails and I don't want to call them from my cube during work (I don't need everybody around me thinking about my balls), and it's too much of a hassle to dig out my burner phone, turn it on, go outside, etc.
I procrastinated for over a year. I finally got a referral from my doctor, got the first appointment I could and had it done. That was the best way for me at least so I didn't wuss out I made the calls from the hallway at work for the same reason as you. Everyone eventually found out and I didn't really care anymore. It was worse in my mind than it really was.
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Originally Posted by sefloval View Post
Just curious to see how long other people were off their bike for this
If it were me, I'd do a 14 mile out and back on a Friday or Saturday. If there's going to be a problem, you don't want to find out at work and you'd have a day of recovery. Alternately, you could drive to the train station with the bike in the trunk, and bike home that night. Reverse the process the next day if you have no problems.

That said, you'll probably be ok after 10 days. By the time the swelling is down, any potential bleeders have healed, and most of the tenderness is gone.
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Wife got me fixed after birth of youngest son - he turns 28 next Sunday. Don't remember how long I was off the bike but it wasn't long. No problems with procedure or recovery.
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Wife got me fixed
lol did she trick you into the car by telling you you were taking a ride to the park?
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lol did she trick you into the car by telling you you were taking a ride to the park?
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Old 10-26-15, 02:11 PM
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How funny; I got my V. years ago when I was managing a bike shop in Santa Barbara.

I had virtually no pain or discomfort and was back on my bike in three days.

The funny part is our WSI rep came limping in; turned out he'd had his done a week earlier and was still in pain!

Not sure what the moral of this story is...
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lol did she trick you into the car by telling you you were taking a ride to the park?
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Not sure what the moral of this story is...
I think the moral is I should take a quick medical vacation to Santa Barbara to see your urologist...
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lol did she trick you into the car by telling you you were taking a ride to the park?


I think @SloButWide's advice is sound.
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Haven't had a vasectomy myself, but I've had a couple of friends who have. Both of them gave me the following advice as far as resuming activities:

"You'll know if you do something too soon that you shouldn't have. The bad news is you probably won't know until the next day."
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That's funny (but a little scary)
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I think the moral is I should take a quick medical vacation to Santa Barbara to see your urologist...
This was years ago so he could easily be retired, but his name was Dr. Rhodes.

Not only a great doctor but funny; we told jokes back and forth throughout the whole procedure (lots of material in that area!)...
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lol did she trick you into the car by telling you you were taking a ride to the park?
Either that or she promised me a treat later - can't remember which.........
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Just because you got lots of material in that area, doesn't mean you have to boast!
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When I got mine, I never thought about a waiting period. I rode my bike to the clinic, snip snip, and rode my bike home.
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When I got mine, I never thought about a waiting period. I rode my bike to the clinic, snip snip, and rode my bike home.
it hurts just to read that.
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I may well be cruising for the big V in the future, so keep the info coming. My scheme would be to have it done smack in the middle of winter when riding is painful anyway. I won't feel bad about missing a couple of weeks on the bike when it's in the 30s out.
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it hurts just to read that.
Oh yeah? I can top that. The medical car pulled up next to me and I held on while the doc snipped away. Never even stopped riding.
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